A new administrator at Lincoln Park High School has decided to leave her post “after determining that she was not a good fit” for the school, CPS announced in a letter to parents on Wednesday evening. The letter mentions the district’s “commitment to transparency.”
But it does not mention a video that CWBChicago received hours later. The district apparently learned of the video after recent arrival Judith Gibbs opted to leave.
“We recently learned of an allegation about Judith Gibbs that involves improper contact with a student,” CPS spokesman Michael Passman told CWBChicago late Wednesday, “We have initiated an investigation.
The brief video shows an adult woman standing in a school hallway with a male student and an adult male. At one point, the woman reaches over and appears to grab the student’s face or neck, causing him to pull away. The adult male then turns away from the two.
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Multiple LPHS parents identified the adult woman in the video as Gibbs, the administrator who on Wednesday decided that she was not a “good fit” for the school.
CWBChicago has removed identifying information from the video, but it was reportedly recorded on Tuesday.
Gibbs was appointed as administrator in charge at the school last week after CPS removed John Thuet and Michelle Brumfield from their leadership posts amid a slew of internal investigations.
Wednesday’s letter to LPHS parents said Calvin Davis would be taking over for Gibbs at the school.
Chicago Police Department spokesperson Officer Hector Alfaro said CPD had received no battery reports at LPHS over the past two days.